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Remembering Nine Who Died at Colo. Ski Areas in 2016, Including Catie Abeyta

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Nathan Rom, Scott Elligott, R.I.P.: Two More Deaths on Colorado Ski Slopes
March 11, 2016

On Wednesday, March 9, Scott Elligott, 49, of Colorado Springs was killed in a crash at Telluride....

Elligott's Facebook page lists his employer as the Air Force.

A memorial Facebook post lists him as having graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988.

According to the San Miguel Sheriff's Office, Elligott was skiing at Telluride with his twenty-year-old daughter at around 11 a.m. when the accident took place.

She told investigators that she'd been skiing ahead of her dad, and when she looked back, she saw him lose control.

"The area is steep and wooded and it took some time for her to locate him," a sheriff's office release notes. Ski patrol representatives raced to the scene, but they were unable to revive him.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters is quoted as saying, “This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the family,."

...Virginia's Nathan Rom, nineteen, died at Copper Mountain [also on March 9].

Rom...is known on his Facebook page as Nathan "Kitt" Rom — and he was an extraordinarily bright young man.

A 2013 item on the website of Arlington's Bishop O'Connell High School notes that Rom, then a junior, had scored a perfect 2400 on his SATs.

Rom was skiing at Copper Mountain with his family over spring break.

But on [March 9], he hit a tree — and even though he was wearing a helmet, the impact proved fatal.

Ski Patrol personnel rushed him to the Copper Mountain Clinic, where he was pronounced dead at a time eerily close to Elligott elsewhere in Colorado.

The Summit County Coroner's Office received the call at around 11:30 a.m.

John Sherwood, R.I.P.: NJ Skier Killed in Breckenridge Collision, Witnesses Sought
April 6, 2016

John Sherwood, a 43-year-old from Randolph, New Jersey, died on Monday, April 4, at Breckenridge.

But rather than crashing into trees (the most common scenario), Randolph lost his life as a result of a collision with another skier — and law enforcement is looking for witnesses who might have seen what happened.

...The incident took place shortly after noon on Tiger, a double black diamond run on Breck's Peak 8. The specific location: The chairlift near tower 25.

Sherwood was skiing with his family when he and another skier ran into each other.

Emergency personnel responded, but Sherwood failed to respond to treatment.

...On his LinkedIn page, Sherwood is described as a New Jersey Institute of Technology graduate who worked at Lockheed Martin's Yonkers, New York facility prior to landing a gig as the director of systems development for Prudential Financial in Newark.

“We are very, very heartbroken toward the family and our deepest sympathies go out to them,” Prudential Financial spokesman Peter Price is quoted as saying in a piece on New Jersey's 101.5 radio, which also features condolences from Breckenridge Ski Resort Chief Operating Officer John Buhler.

David Carr, R.I.P.: Snowboarder Second to Die at Breckenridge in a Week
April 11, 2016

Last week, we told you about the death of John Sherwood, a New Jersey resident who died in a collision while skiing at Breckenridge.

Now comes word of another tragedy at Breck. Frisco's David Carr, 32, was killed after crashing into a tree.

His passing took place only two days after Sherwood's.

Carr's death happened around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6.... [He} was snowboarding on Claimjumper when the accident took place.

The intermediate run is located on Peak 8 — the same mountain where Sherwood died.

Catie Abeyta, R.I.P.: Student Dies in Breck Ski Mishap Weekend Before Closing Day
April 27, 2016

...Abeyta attended George Washington High School in Denver, where she was on the track team and competed in the long jump....

After graduating from high school, Abeyta enrolled at Colorado State University and joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

She visited Breckenridge on Sunday, [April 24] — and tragedy ensued.

...Abeyta struck a tree while skiing on the Peak 7 Monte Cristo run.

Nonetheless, the Summit County coroner reportedly determined that she suffered fatal blunt-force-trauma injuries as a result of the crash.

As word circulated on social media about what had happened, a large number of grief-stricken posts began appearing.

Here's the remembrance shared by Kappa Kappa Gamma....
Last night, the sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the CSU Community gathered to celebrate the life of our friend and kappa sister, Catie Abeyta. Catie's infectious smile and vibrant personality brightened up the walls of kappa and touched the lives of each of our sisters. Epsilon Beta is overwhelmed and thankful for the love and support we have received during this difficult time. Catie, you are so incredibly loved and we will miss you forever. Heaven has truly gained the most beautiful angel. Rest peacefully in the valley of flowers, our sweet sweet sister.

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